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Nailing the new job transition amid the 'Great Resignation'

Professor Connie Wanberg
Professor Connie Wanberg

The 'Great Resignation' has people rethinking their jobs more than ever before. For many it’s a job seekers’ market, but there is still plenty to consider before sending in your notice and taking on a new position.

University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management Professor Connie Wanberg is an international leader in job search and unemployment research. She can speak to optimizing strategies for career success amid a shifting labor market.

Connie Wanberg, Ph.D.

“Even in today’s job market, the job seeker must have clear goals for the type of job they want. People are less likely to be happy with a new job if they haven't given some good thought about it beforehand.

  • Search with focus: Identify characteristics you want in your new job to define your search strategy. Avoid applying randomly for jobs without a plan.
  • Do informational interviews: Research beyond the computer screen and talk to others for their insight. Arm yourself with knowledge to avoid surprises, such as changing work schedules or higher state income tax.
  • Sharpen networking skills: Connect with others to ask questions and exchange ideas and information. The University of Minnesota developed a free training tool.
  • Prepare for uncertainty: Remember that the process takes time, and to rally self-control of your attention, emotions and motivation. 
  • Reflect: Regularly assess your progress and consider how you could improve or modify your job search strategy.”

“Settling into a new job is no easy task, especially when many work environments are operating remotely and in-person meet-ups outside of work may still be limited. Making social connections is important in feeling like you belong.

  • Reach out: Regularly suggest in-person/virtual coffees or walks with co-workers. Don’t depend on others to reach out to you. This can be especially hard for college graduates who are used to having accessible social circles. Note for managers: you should be taking an active role here, too!
  • Ask questions: Get to know your customers, peers and supervisors. 
  • Set goals for the first three months: Aim to make a good impression, get a clear understanding of your job and complete a few important projects.”

Professor Connie Wanberg is the Industrial Relations Faculty Excellence Chair in the Department of Work and Organizations at the Carlson School. Wanberg specializes in job search, unemployment and talent management research.

About the Carlson School of Management
Located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, the Carlson School of Management exemplifies a commitment to excellence through a focus on experiential learning and international education and by maintaining strong ties with the Minneapolis/Saint Paul business community. Through its undergraduate and graduate programs, the Carlson School offers access to world-renowned faculty members and an alumni network of 55,000 people. Learn more at

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